CoventryBook - 2009
Witnessing Germany's November 14, 1940 attack on Coventry from her watch position at the cathedral, widow Harriet bonds with a young man during the ensuing chaos who reminds her of her late husband, while at home, the young man's single mother waits in agony for her son's return and remembers the circumstances that brought her to the city. 15,000 first printing.
On the night of the Luftwaffe's devastating bombing of Coventry, two women traverse the city and transform their hearts.
Blackwell North Amer
Helen Humphreys draws on history to delve into the lives torn asunder by the German attack of November 14, 1940. Harriet, a widow from World War I, is atop Coventry Cathedral, part of the nightly watch, when first the factories and then the church itself are set on fire. In the ensuing chaos she bonds with a young man, very much like the husband she lost, who relies on her to find the way back to his home where he left his mother. On their journey through a hell of burning shops and collapsed homes, Harriet awakens to emotions she had long put aside. At home, the youth's mother awaits his arrival and rethinks the life that has brought her to this city and her life raising her son alone. Ultimately, together these two women must face a world as immeasurably changed as their own selves.
Witnessing Germany's November 14, 1940 attack on Coventry, widow Harriet bonds with a young man who reminds her of her late husband during the ensuing chaos, while at home, the young man's single mother waits in agony for her son's return.
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- another short novel, this one captures the bombing of the city of Conventry during the Second World War through the eyes of two women, Maeve and Harriet. Very well written with sparse effective language. Liked the descriptions of the exodus into the countryside as people flee the bombing of the city. 8/10
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